$1300 for a 50mm f1.4?!?!?!? Maybe if it had Canon AF but that is waaaay too steep considering you have to play the sigma lottery. I was going to pre-order this lens if it was in the $800 range but for $1300 i'm out.....
You do realize that both Canon and Nikon's top pro 50mm lenses run $1700 right? This lens blows these competitors out of the water in every conceivable dimension and costs less. It is such an improvement over the top alternatives that is the single greatest generational improvement in image quality in the history of pro Canon or Nikon autofocus lenses. That's not an exaggeration. We are literally talking around double the performance of the nearest competitor, which again run $1700 if you forgot.
Read this part of this thread if you want to know what makes this lens so special:
You are getting performance that compares to a $4,000 Zeiss lens for 3/4 the the price of the nearest competitor.
I welcome the $1300 price tag, this lens deserves it.
I want to introduce you to a website called Slickdeals.net. I take it you arent too bright when it comes to shopping. There are things called deals. It might help you.
For Canon lenses, I recommend canonpricewatch.com. It tracks and can even notify you when a lens is on sale. Its brilliant.
Canon's "top pro 50mm" lens that commands a $1700 price tag can be snagged easily $1300-$1400 when it is on sale. Lowest last year was $1250.
Sigma lenses dont go on sale much. The 35mm f/1.4 Art lens was only on sale ONCE in the last year and a half, and it was a amazon black friday deal.